SELF SCANNER THEFT IN TENNESSEE


27 Jun

THESE DAYS WHENEVER SOMEBODY CALLS MY OFFICE WITH A THEFT ISSUE, I ASK THEM WHICH WALMART THEY WERE AT AND IF THEY WERE USING THE SELF-SCANNING DEVICE.  NINETY PERCENT OF THE TIME, I AM CORRECT. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT STORES WITH SELF-SCANNERS, PARTICULARLY WALMART, ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE SOPHISTICATED.  MOST OF THE TIME WITH EACH THEFT, THERE IS VIDEO BACKUP OF IT. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT SCENARIOS, UNDER CRIMINAL LAW.  A TYPICAL REACTION, IF IT IS A FIRST TIME THEFT UNDER $100, IS TO BAN THE PERSON FROM THE STORES.  THEN, THE NEXT TIME THAT THEY DO IT, THEY HAVE BOTH A TRESPASSING AND THEFT CHARGE TO FACE.  A SECOND SCENARIO IS A SIGNIFICANT FINE PLUS COURT COSTS, DEPENDING, OF COURSE, ON THE VALUE OF THE THEFT.  IF THE PERSON HAS A RECENT CRIMINAL RECORD, PARTICULARLY ONE INVOLVING THEFT, THEN THE STATE CAN STACK THE VIOLATIONS, AND IT IS LIKELY THAT THERE COULD BE JAIL TIME. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CLICK ON WWW.KJONESLAWYERS.COM OR CALL (423) 424-6208.

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